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THE perfect wedding: Kathryn’s story

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Do It Yourself, General, Uncategorized, Wedding Gown Stories, Wedding Planning | 0 comments

THE perfect wedding: Kathryn’s story

by Kathryn Ceglarski DeSalvo Kathryn’s wedding was planned to a T! How did she pull off THE perfect wedding? The dress: Heidi Elnora The store: A Little Something White in Darien, CT The photographer: Lucy Cuneo See more photos from Kathryn’s wedding here. The planner: Laurie Arons The “something blue” and “something new:” A personalized monogram, of the church Kathryn and her husband were married in, done by her seamstress on the day of the wedding. The seamstress: The Wedding...

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Before and After: A Diamond in the Rough

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Before and After: A Diamond in the Rough

This unique dress from the Diamond Collection was really more like a “diamond in the rough” when it arrived at Heritage Garment Preservation. While unique– embellished with silver satin flowers on the straps and zipper and an elegant satin band around the waist– the dress’ condition was hard to ignore. Thanks to good ol’ oxidization, the underarms, skirt, and veil all suffered from noticeable staining. This unique satin gown, its petticoat, and the veil were...

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Charity’s Love Story – From Jr. High to FOREVER

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Charity’s Love Story – From Jr. High to FOREVER

Charity’s love story is basically the plot to your favorite romance movie. She married her Jr. High sweetheart! It’s true– Charity and her now husband started dating in the eighth grade. They were together 11 years prior to their wedding! As if her perfect, happily-ever-after love story isn’t enough, her gown (pictured above and below) is a dream-come-true in itself! Check out that beautiful ruffled organza! Her stunning and unique dress was purchased at Anne Gregory for the Bride in Pennsylvania. Thanks so much...

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Got Silk? Save $25 on Non Silk Fabrics

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in General, HGP Promotions, Wedding Gown Care | 0 comments

Got Silk? Save $25 on Non Silk Fabrics

What fabric is your wedding dress made of?  If you answer satin, you are actually identifying the fabric weave and finish of your dress fabric but not the fabric fiber itself. It’s a common mistake that we see all the time.  Actually there are polyester satins, acetate satins, and of course, silk satins.  If you aren’t sure, check your gown care label. By law the garment care tag should identify the fabric fiber because the cleaning methods and chemicals used will be different for different fabrics. Unfortunately many of the...

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Before and After: The Process

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, General, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Preservation Products, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Before and After: The Process

Have you ever wondered how we can take an old, soiled wedding dress and make it look brand new again? We’re proud of our process– so we’re going to let you in on exactly what happens behind-the-scenes at Heritage Garment Preservation. Take this dress, for instance: When this dress arrived, we had the following information: “Designer: Liv Harris Fabric: Lace Color: Off-White Description: Sleeveless. Lace straps. A-line. Zipper closure on back. Small train. Veil: single tulle w/scalloped lace on edge. Metal...

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Grace’s Nationwide Wedding Dress Story

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Grace’s Nationwide Wedding Dress Story

by Grace The dress belonged to my paternal grandmother, for whom it was custom made in Rochester, NY, in 1951. Unfortunately, my grandmother doesn’t recall the name of the shop that designed and made it for her, and it has no tags. I’ll be the second person to ever wear it (as my grandmother only had one daughter, who had her own dress). It originally had a full crinoline and veil with it  as well, but they have been lost over time. After my grandmother wore it, she had it cleaned and my grandfather built her a waterproof storage...

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Renting vs. Buying Your Wedding Gown

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Preservation Products, Wedding Gown Stories, Wedding Planning | 0 comments

Renting vs. Buying Your Wedding Gown

If you’ve ever even thought about getting married, you probably know that wedding gowns are expensive. Wedding dresses are always in demand, and sellers know that– so they charge outrageous prices. Luckily buying your dream dress–while emptying your bank account– isn’t your only option. If you want to keep expenses at a minimum, perhaps renting a wedding gown keeps your budget– and your husband-to-be*– a little happier. Check out this list of wedding dress rental pros and cons and you be the judge of what’s...

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Strapless Wedding Gowns Save $30

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in General, HGP Promotions | 0 comments

Strapless Wedding Gowns Save $30

Is your wedding gown strapless or have thin spaghetti straps? If so, you’re in luck– during the month of March you can enjoy $30 off your wedding gown cleaning and/or preservation with coupon code “Strapless30off” on a strapless (or almost strapless) dress!   You can choose wedding gown cleaning, cleaning and preservation, or restoration of an aged, vintage wedding gown. Choose any of our services and save $30 on your cute strapless gown! How to Order and Use Wedding Gown Preservation Discount Get your quote for...

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FALLing for the Perfect Dress – Julie’s Wedding Dress Story

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

FALLing for the Perfect Dress – Julie’s Wedding Dress Story

by Julie Croner I purchased my dress at the White Flower Boutique in Downtown San Diego. I bought it the first day and at the first store I went gown shopping. The sales associate brought it to me and I thought it looked absolutely beautiful. The sparkly flowers cascading down the gown reminded me of fall leaves- which went perfectly with my Fall wedding! Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Julie! Want to read more wedding gown stories like Julie’s? Read more...

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A Leap of Faith: Disaster to Dream Dress

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

A Leap of Faith: Disaster to Dream Dress

When Elena decided to restore a vintage wedding dress to use as her own, she had little reason to believe it could ever be as beautiful as it once was. Its unique style and undeniable beauty was enough to catch her eye– she probably thought, “Is it really so bad that it’s a bit yellowed? And stained…? And torn…? Uh oh.” Elena took a leap of faith by sending her disaster dream dress off to be restored, but her faith paid off! Vintage dresses are often yellowed–merely the effects of time–but this organza gown was...

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